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Ritter: Fracking debate muddies view of natural gas

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The fight over fracking marks a sharp departure in the way natural gas is being viewed by environmental organizations, which have stepped up battles against a fuel once hailed as a bridge to a future of renewable energy. Hydraulic fracturing ...


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Feud partial product of party rivalries

By Charles Ashby

DENVER—Senate presidents and House speakers in the Colorado Legislature traditionally don’t get along. But Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, really don’t get ...


Green group urges capture of methane

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While national environmental organizations tussle with Oxbow Mining over its plans to expand the Elk Creek Mine, a North Fork Valley organization declined to oppose the expansion. Coal from the region has a low sulfur content that helps power ...


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Some say home was targeted for hidden cash

By Paul Shockley

When she goes to bed at night, Diana Cruz thinks about the murder of Jose Rivas. She sleeps where it happened 23 years ago at 332 Fairview Drive. Raised in another home across the street, where her mother still lives, Cruz has fresh memories ...


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Woman believed victim of serial killer

By Paul Shockley

Short on clues in the case, Denise Oliverson’s 1975 disappearance is widely believed to be the work of serial killer Ted Bundy. Still, authorities haven’t closed the matter. “Although certainly not cleared, and I ...


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Boyfriend sought in woman’s ’93 slaying

By Paul Shockley

Joseph Vigil last heard his mother’s voice in distress. Beatrice Montes, Vigil’s mother, had shut down for the day at her restaurant, La Mariposa, formerly at 159 1/2 Colorado Ave., on Nov. 21, 1993. Vigil helped his mother and ...


Cold, but not forgotten

By Paul Shockley

They number about 1,500 in Colorado. Nine of the state’s cold, murder investigations are on or off the shelves at the Grand Junction Police Department, from the 95-year-old retired widower in Riverside, to the Mesa College sophomore ...


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Dropouts rejoin ranks of District 51 graduates

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Sarah Dell almost didn’t have a senior year. Dell, an 18-year-old who will graduate from R-5 High School on Friday, dropped out of the school a year ago with plans to get her General Education Diploma, or GED. She was studying for the ...


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Wine Fest had crowd at first blush

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Since it began in 2004, the annual Montrose Wine and Food Festival has been deemed a success, raising more than $320,000 for organizations such as the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club and Kids Aid. The festival, now in its ...


Another top post changing in Mesa County

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Assistant Mesa County Administrator Stefani Conley will leave her post at the beginning of next month, joining a growing list of county department heads who have resigned or have been terminated in the past year. Conley, the assistant ...


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